The Sound Mind Sound Body Academy provided that unique experience Wednesday and Thursday. With college coaches from all over the Midwest in attendance, many young, up-and-coming prospects thrived in front of the watchful eyes. Among those that shined the brightest was 2014 Lima (OH) Central Catholic DB, Darius West
“It’s been great,” said West of the camp. “I learned a lot. I learned stuff that I didn’t know and just that, just to see a college coach in front of your face makes you go harder. I’ve just been trying my best to impress the coaches, impress everyone out here, act in a good way, and things like that.”
On day one of SMSB, first year Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer and second year Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke each took the stage to speak to over 600 student athletes attending the camp. In addition to the coaching on the field, West walked away Thursday knowing exactly what will be expected of him when he becomes a college football player.
“Coming in and being a mature freshman, you got to play your part very well,” said West on what he learned from the guest speakers which also included Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio.
While West and the other youngsters absorbed as much information as possible over the two day event, college coaches learned a lot as well. Those coaches observing West saw a particularly impressive afternoon performance Thursday. .
“I had a few interceptions,” said West. “Pretty good day I guess. I just try to be physical. I need to be more fundamental than physical but that’s going to come but just try to be physical and play fast.”
Nearly every Big Ten program has expressed interest in West. So too have Arkansas, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt in the SEC. Michigan has already made it out to Lima Central Catholic on a few separate occasions, and the physical defensive back slated to return the favor next week.
“It’s pretty good,” said West on his relationship with the Wolverines. “The coach came in to the school a few times and I said hi, but they want me to come to the camp so I’m going to go down there and do my best.”
There is a school that might hold a slight advantage for West’s services moving forward. After professing his childhood affinity for the in-state Buckeyes, West discussed the possible impact an Ohio State offer might have in his recruitment.
“I really don’t know because I want to get comfortable with it,” he said. “I want to be comfortable with the whole system, the coaching staff, the formations that they run, the way they do things, so I’m just going to try to keep all my options open.”
For the full video interview, including West in action at Sound Mind Sound Body, click play below.